Rethinking sustainable development within the framework of poverty and urbanisation in developing countries

Cobbinah, Patrick Brandful and Erdiaw-Kwasie, Michael Odei and Amoateng, Paul (2015) Rethinking sustainable development within the framework of poverty and urbanisation in developing countries. Environmental Development, 13 (1). pp. 18-32. ISSN 2211-4645


Since its emergence in the 1980s, the ideology underpinning sustainable development has become a metaphor for describing human welfare and environmental management. However, previous studies have overly focused on environmental aspects with little known about poverty-urbanisation implications on sustainable development. Given the magnitude of urbanisation and the pervasiveness of poverty in developing countries, this paper advocates for a poverty-urbanisation analytical approach to sustainable development in developing countries. First, the article provides an overview of sustainable development discourse. Second, the paper looks at the concepts of poverty and urbanisation and their ramifications on sustainable development. Third, examples of sustainable development policy initiatives and their associated poverty-urbanisation threats are presented. Fourth, the paper discusses the policy implications of these two phenomena on sustainable development. The paper concludes with some key issues necessary to make sustainable development a reality in developing countries.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Published Version restricted in accordance with publisher copyright policy(Elsevier).
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Commerce
Date Deposited: 21 Feb 2015 12:41
Last Modified: 18 Dec 2017 05:57
Uncontrolled Keywords: sustainable development; urbanisation;poverty
Fields of Research : 16 Studies in Human Society > 1604 Human Geography > 160404 Urban and Regional Studies (excl. Planning)
16 Studies in Human Society > 1603 Demography > 160305 Population Trends and Policies
16 Studies in Human Society > 1608 Sociology > 160810 Urban Sociology and Community Studies
Socio-Economic Objective: D Environment > 96 Environment > 9609 Land and Water Management > 960911 Urban and Industrial Land Management
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1016/j.envdev.2014.11.001

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